19 Make-Ahead Christmas Cookies

No need to stay up all night working on your cookie trays. Simply prep these slice-and-bake recipes in the days and weeks ahead and then bake 'em off as needed. Then, follow our Ultimate Guide to Icing Cookies to make your designs come to life. Or, check out all of our essential cookie recipes.

The Bestest Butter Cookies (Rolled)

"These were delicious-buttery rich and not too crisp. One of the best cut out cookie recipes I've tried, if not the best! Thanks!"


Simple Shortbread Cookies

"I love this recipe! If you like crisp cookies, use a fork to poke holes in the dough before you cook it."

-Chef #630709

Almond Biscotti

"Exactly what I wanted! Very crisp and perfect for dunking."


Eggnog Kringla Cookies

"I chilled my dough in the freezer for about three hours and cooked them for 10 minutes in a ball shape. They turned out perfectly!"


White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

"White chocolate and Craisins are a perfect combination! I'll be making this recipe often during the Christmas season."


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Everyone try these cookies!"


Toll House Butterscotch Chip Cookies

"I had some butterscotch chips and gave these a try — I love them! There is not one thing I would change. They're so soft and moist."


Easy Gingerbread Cookies

"These are amazing. Everyone was shocked to find out they had butterscotch pudding in them! They're a must for Christmas."


Cream Cheese Cut-Out Cookies

"I love this recipe because the cookies are so easy to roll out, and they taste great! This is our favorite Christmas cookie to make."

-Aunt Paula

Easy Sugar Cookies

"I absolutely love these! I have tried lots of sugar cookie recipes, and this is by far the best."


Slice-and-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Making extra dough and freezing it is the only way to go! I'm going to stockpile this and use it for easy holiday gifts."

-Liza at Food.com

Soft, Spicy Ginger Cookies

"The house smelled so wonderful while these were baking! The flavor and texture are exceptional."

-Chef #1320681

Red Velvet Cookies

"I made this last week and, oh boy, were they a hit!"

-Weird Al Loser

Peanut Butter Cookies

"I'd definitely use this as a holiday, make-ahead cookie. The texture was soft and crumbly, but held its form perfectly."


Glazed Lemon Cookies

"I made these cookies for Christmas and everyone raved about them. The dough will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two weeks."

-Dr. Jenny

Caramel Swirl Cookies

"These were a hit! I made the dough a week in advance and it kept really well in the refrigerator."


Freezer Date Cookies

"The coconut lends just the right amount of sweetness. This is a great go-to cookie for holiday trays."


Striped Icebox Cookies

"These were my first icebox cookies and they came out looking so pretty! I'll definitely be making these for the holidays this year."


Vanilla Freezer Cookies

"This cookie has a bright vanilla flavor and a delicate texture. Slice-and-bake cookies are often tough — I'm happy these weren't!"